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A heterojunction modulation-doped Mott transistor

  • Author(s): Stemmer, Susanne
  • et al.

A heterojunction Mott field effect transistor (FET) is proposed that consists of an epitaxial channel material that exhibits an electron correlation induced Mott metal-to-insulator transition. The Mott material is remotely (modulation) doped with a degenerately doped conventional band insulator. An applied voltage modulates the electron transfer from the doped band insulator to the Mott material and produces transistor action by inducing an insulator-to-metal transition. Materials parameters from rare-earth nickelates and SrTiO3 are used to assess the potential of the “modulation-doped Mott FET” (ModMottFET or MMFET) as a next-generation switch. It is shown that the MMFET is characterized by unique “charge gain” characteristics as well as competitive transconductance, small signal gain, and current drive.

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